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December 23, 2019

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist

The most anticipated day of the year is almost here. Just four more days and Christmas Day will dawn upon Marion, Michigan. If you are a Marionite, past or present, I need not go further. You know the peace and calm of Christmas here. If you are a transplant to our riverbanks, we wish you warm memories of the place you call home.
 Still in need of a gift or stocking stuffer? We’d like to suggest a few, readily available Marion items.
•   Give your family, someone special or even yourself the long lasting gift of an inscribed board on the Mill Pond Boardwalk. Consider either 4’ or 8’ decking boards, $65 or $125, respectively. Commemorate your Marion family or a special event in your life in a lasting, eco-friendly way. For more information and to purchase a board or donate to the Mill Pond Fund, contact Connie at the Marion Village Hall, 231-743-6801.
• Best Little Town by a Dam Site t-shirts are available in three colors and all sizes from toddler to 2X. $15 each. June Nehmer will be happy to help. Call her at 231-743-6898.
• For the reader and history buff in your family, we highly recommend Marion author J. August Lithen’s history of Marion Township, ‘The Road to Mariontown’. This is the account of our earliest settlers and the establishment of Marion Township. The early growth of Clarkes Mill, the settlement on the Middle Branch River that became Marion, Michigan, is wonderfully chronicled. Containing photographs and news tidbits gleaned from the pages of early county newspapers, this book is an informative, historical must-read for history buffs and Marionites alike. A copy may be found at Parkhurst Bros. Publishers or from the author, at his home on Pickard and First Streets, Marion. 
• The Marion Area Historical Museum offers copies of their postcard photo book, Marion, Michigan: A Pictorial History 1890-1950, Fern Berry Bontekoe’s “Upon Becoming a Young Lady”, and a selection of Marion items, all available at Flemming Clothing.
• The Marion Public Library is a busy place in our little village, supplying reading materials in all forms and connecting Marionites who might not otherwise be able to do so with the world via the internet. The Friends of the Library, a group dedicated to raising extra funds to aid the library is a most worthy recipient of our attention. The group most recently held a holiday raffle. The Friends of the Library meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 7pm in the municipal meeting room. The next meeting is January 9, 2020.
• If giving a donation of money or of your time is what you wish, there are likely more good causes and need, than dollars to go around. Each of the Marion area churches, Friends Ministry, the VFW, Marion Eagles #4087, the Marion Fire Department, the Marion Food Pantry among others whose requests for help rise each year.
Remember, there is no season for hunger or need. No matter how small the gesture may be to you, it could mean the world to another. Give of yourself in some way whenever you can. The reward will be greater than you can imagine.
We wish you a Joyous, Safe and most Merry Christmas!
Peace from the Pines,
Julie and the Gardener

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